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  1. Cheryl

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    I have a question - I am using a Dell Inspiron 2500 laptop computer and just love it. I am running Windows XP home - and Internet Explorer 6.

    Here's the problem. When I want to "chat" on AOL I.M. through our built-in microphone, both my Mom and Daughter can hear me very well. The problem is that I cannot hear them. We purchased a microphone for my Mom and she has it hooked up to her desktop. She said that she heard that maybe because we can't hear her is because I don't have a sound card in my laptop.

    Does this sound right and if so - how do I check to see if I do have a sound card. I would think that if they can hear me 1200 miles away via the computer - I would have a sound card. That doesn't explain why I can't hear them.

    Please help!

    Cheryl
     
  2. mobo

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    Does windows have any sounds like startup and explorer etc ?
     
  3. Cheryl

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    Yes - when you turn on the computer you hear sounds......I can even play CD's on my computer and listen to the radio. That is why I was surprised to hear someone tell my Mom that I couldn't hear her talking to me because of MY computer.
     
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    It sounds more like her computer. She might have the Mic muted - have her check her Volume/Recording settings in the Control Panel.
     
  5. mobo

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    Agreed. it sounds like the other pc totally....You have sound and can transmit sound .
     
  6. Cheryl

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    Thank you......

    I'll have her check her computer. I just checked my control panel and I have my mic muted. I wonder how they can still hear me. That sure is strange. I do turn it down because I will get an echo when I talk - and it drives me nuts.
     
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    There's (atleast) two mutes for the MIC - one in Playback, one in Recording Volume Control.

    The Recording mute must not be disabled or it won't work, the Playback MIC can be mute - this only stops the MIC input from being outputed thru your speakers.
     
  8. Cheryl

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    On the Recording mute - they don't give me the option to "mute". Isn't that interesting?
     
  9. gdiwwebs

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    ok, Start< Programs< Accesories< (Might be under entertainment, or just might be listed, check them all) Volume Settings. If you find that, go to file at the top, and check advanced settings, if it already isn't. Then you should see your microphone listed in those settings, should be near the end. Check to see if it's muted. If it is, there's your solution. However, it may cause some backfire through your speakers. you might be able to hear yourself come in through your own speakers, but your microphone should surely be working. If not, have your family download Roger Wilco or Team Speak And do your configuration settings and learn how to use that. I suggest Team Speak beacuse it sounds better, but if you can't get your own channel up, use roger wilco.
     
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